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    Joe Setyon, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford slammed one of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks, Xavier Becerra, on Thursday as a “radical” pro-abortion leftist who is not qualified to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra, a former Democratic member of Congress who in his current role as attorney general of California sued the Trump administration 122 times, has very little notable experience pertaining to health, except for his time serving on the House subcommittee on health. Becerra has, however, taken numerous actions against pro-life organizations and laws. “He might be qualified to be attorney general, but just like a doctor shouldn’t be the attorney general, we shouldn’t have an attorney be the head of Health and Human Services,” Lankford told The Western Journal in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. “This is the...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic attorney general has installed the Republican governor’s lawyer into a high-level job in which he is aggressively defending his former boss’ policy agenda and management decisions in court. Weeks after joining Attorney General Tom Miller's staff, attorney Sam Langholz has participated in cases defending Gov. Kim Reynolds' coronavirus restrictions, her law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, her denial of overtime pay to some nurses, and her administration's ouster of a longtime public health spokeswoman. The hiring incensed some Democrats and trial lawyers. But it generated goodwill for Miller, the nation’s longest-serving attorney general, from a sometimes adversarial GOP-controlled Legislature and Reynolds, who called Langholz “a brilliant legal mind.” Miller and Reynolds announced Langholz's appointment as an assistant attorney general for civil and appellate litigation in November. The attorney general's office confirmed Tuesday that a top...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's choice for the nation's top health official will go before Senate committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Republicans attempt to torpedo the nomination.Xavier Becerra, who is California's first Latino attorney general, was tapped by Biden to be his Health and Human Services secretary in early December. Becerra, who would be the first Latino HHS secretary if confirmed, is expected to defend his health care experience in his current job and in his longtime tenure in the House of Representatives. Republicans plan to attack him on his role in enforcing California's pandemic lockdown and his support of abortion and other liberal policies. Related Interactive: Where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand As secretary, he would play a key role in combating the pandemic, which has now claimed more than 500,000 American lives, up from more than 283,000 when he nominated. Yet the Biden administration has been operating without...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF / CNN) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for the nation’s top health position Xavier Becerra will stress his upbringing as a son of a Mexican immigrant, his father’s recent passing and his history expanding health care access during his time as a longtime congressman and California’s attorney general, in a pitch to senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, according to his prepared opening statement first obtained by CNN. “I am here because my parents Manuel and Maria Teresa — who had only their health and hope when they settled in Sacramento — were tireless believers in earning the American Dream,” Becerra plans to say in his opening statement. He would be the first Latino HHS secretary and served as the first Latino California attorney general. READ MORE: Milpitas Man Gets Prison For Conspiring To Ship 500 Pounds Of Marijuana To Kansas City “We lost my dad last year on...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee for the nation's top health position Xavier Becerra will stress his upbringing as a son of a Mexican immigrant, his father's recent passing and his history expanding health care access during his time as a longtime congressman and California's attorney general, in a pitch to senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, according to his prepared opening statement first obtained by CNN."I am here because my parents Manuel and Maria Teresa -- who had only their health and hope when they settled in Sacramento -- were tireless believers in earning the American Dream," Becerra plans to say in his opening statement. He would be the first Latino HHS secretary and served as the first Latino California attorney general."We lost my dad last year on New Year's Day. When the end came, my Dad knew we were there with him -- at his side, in our home....
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Sunday the organization has yet to receive any information regarding measures Tanzania is taking to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. "This situation remains very concerning. I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases and share data," Tedros said in a statement published on WHO's website. (Reporting by Nairobi Newsroom) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Africa, Tanzania, coronavirus, World Health Organization
              The House of Delegates has approved SB 1276, a bill that allows abortions to be included in coverage from private insurance companies listed on the commonwealth’s healthcare exchange. On Thursday, the Senate passed a companion bill, HB 1896, 22 to 17. “The way the law is now, if the private company wanted to provide [abortion coverage] they couldn’t,” SB 1276 sponsor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) said in January. “This bill doesn’t force them to do it [and] doesn’t fund it through public funds. So, I think for the folks who may not like the service, they understand that this is about the choice of as a private business I’m able to offer coverage that my patients want.” Virginia Catholic Conference Executive Director Jeff Caruso told The Star in an email that taxes would go to abortions if the bills pass. “Tax money pays for managing...
    The Morena bench in the Chamber of Deputies proposes to ban advertisements for « junk » food in all physical or digital spaces, in order to prevent chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity and diabetes. The initiative to prohibit the advertising of these products was presented in the Parliamentary Gazette of the Lower House by the Moreno deputy Edelmiro Santiago Santos Díaz. It seeks to reform the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law and the General Health Law in order to prevent all advertising that promotes the sale and consumption of this type of food product. ➡️ Stay informed on our Google News channel The document outlines to reform Article 246 Bis of the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law so that in restricted television and audio services, including internet, applications, social networks, web pages, and digital platforms, all advertising that promotes the sale is prohibited. , consumption and distribution of ultra-processed foods, with...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's newly elected attorney general says state ethics officials have cleared his ongoing role with a health benefits consulting firm in which he has an ownership stake, but he has declined to release that opinion. Republican Todd Rokita began his term as state government’s top lawyer in early January while still working for Indianapolis-based Apex Benefits, a company he joined as a top executive in 2019 after ending 10 years in Congress following an unsuccessful 2018 run for U.S. Senate. Attorney general’s office spokesperson Lauren Houck said Rokita is working with Apex “in a limited capacity” as a strategic policy adviser and remains a director or executive board member with other businesses. Julia Vaughn, policy director for government-accountability watchdog group Common Cause Indiana, called the dual roles “quite concerning.” “Hoosiers need an attorney general who is fully focused on protecting the public interest and given that he...
    The Attorney General of New York is moving to sue Amazon alleging that the company was not providing sufficient health and safety measures for its workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the lawsuit on Wednesday in a press release from her office, stating that the company had violated state labor law by failing to “maintain a safe work environment” to protect workers from COVID-19. The investigation was first launched last March, the statement read, following complaints regarding the lack of health measures by Amazon to protect their workers at a fulfillment center on Staten Island and a distribution center in Queens. The investigation found evidence that the company did not respect cleaning protocols or contact tracing protocols. We found that Amazon failed to adhere to proper cleaning and disinfection protocols, refused to notify employees when colleagues tested positive for #COVID19, and didn’t allow employees...
    Washington (CNN Business)New York is taking Amazon to court over claims that the company has failed to provide sufficient protections for its workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.In the complaint filed in state court Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James argued that Amazon (AMZN) violated labor law with its "deficient" response to the pandemic.The lawsuit claims that the company failed to close its facilities for cleaning when it found out about worker infections, and did not notify workers who had been in contact with infected colleagues. It also claims that Amazon failed to give employees enough leeway on the job to conduct cleanings, practice social distancing and take other preventive measures. Amazon wages legal battle with New York attorney general over pandemic safety response"Throughout the historic pandemic, Amazon has repeatedly and persistently failed to comply with its obligation to institute reasonable and adequate measures to protect its workers from...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services will appear before a Senate committee next week for his confirmation hearing, giving the nominee a chance to field questions about how he will help lead the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing for Xavier Becerra, who currently serves as California's attorney general, will take place next Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Becerra's hearing will happen a day after another committee is set to hold its first hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, Biden's pick for US attorney general. His hearing will be followed by a second hearing on Tuesday. The hearings for the two nominees are set to take place less than two weeks after the chamber finished its impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, with the pivot back to Biden's Cabinet confirmations likely to please the administration,...
    (CNN Business)Amazon is waging a legal battle with New York's attorney general over the company's Covid-19 protections for workers, filing a federal lawsuit to preempt the state's demands for more safety measures. In a complaint Friday, Amazon (AMZN) rejected an earlier conclusion by New York Attorney General Letitia James finding that the company had fallen short of health and safety standards at the company's warehouses and calling for additional redress. The complaint asks a judge to block James from using state law to enforce her requests, which include calls for Amazon to subsidize public transit and hire a health and safety consultant.Tensions high at Amazon warehouse as milestone union vote gets underwayDescribing James's requests as "exorbitant demands," Amazon argued in the filing that its existing protections for workers "far exceed what is required under the law" and "go well beyond measures that the Office of the New York Attorney General...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The historic Old North Church in the North End of Boston is now a COVID-19 vaccination site. Local seniors are getting their shots in the church pews. RELATED: Wednesdays Child: 15-Year-Old Dhamanjie “Fantastic, fantastic. And I didn’t even feel anything,” one woman told WBZ-TV after receiving her shot there. The clinic is run by NEW Health, which also opened another center in Charlestown Tuesday. RELATED: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments The clinics are open only for residents ages 75 and older in those neighborhoods. Appointments will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and can be made by phone. For the Old North Church call (617) 724-8725 and for Charlestown, dial (857) 238-1141. You must be registered with Mass General Brigham to get an appointment. If you’re not, you should call 866-211-6588 to register. NEW Health is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. MORE:...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Wolf administration is creating a COVID-19 vaccine task force with lawmakers. RELATED: Ohio Amber Alert Issued For Alpha Kamara, Baby Boy Inside Stolen Vehicle The task force aims to establish a streamlined set of communicators within the General Assembly and Wolf administration to share information about the state’s vaccination plan. “We have a good working relationship with our legislators, and we know they are the eyes, ears, and voices for Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said in a press release. RELATED: COVID-19 In Allegheny County: Health Department Vaccinating People 65 Years Plus At Monroeville Clinic “The feedback they receive from their local communities is extremely important, particularly as the commonwealth continues to improve upon this once-in-a-generation vaccine rollout. Working with leaders from each caucus in the General Assembly, we are creating a task force to ensure collaboration and strengthen communications about...
    Politico-rugby week while awaiting the fortunately confirmed start of the Six Nations tournament. After the Prime Minister intervened to deny against all expectations the imminence of yet another confinement, despite the certainties of the media sure of themselves, informed “desourcesûre” by a “close to the file” or by the close of a ” adviser to an adviser ”, President Macron appeared by surprise in the game in the middle of a newscast, bypassing his teammates and in a magnificent framing worthy of the legendary Boniface brothers pushes the yet compact pack of the supporters of the restriction , media scholars and affirmative mandarins, and deceives the rear lines of ministers anchored to the precautionary principle. Superb essay in the corner of the Élysée. The transformation may be more difficult. At half-time, John Castex, the government coach, comes to comment on the non-event, condemned to say nothing, amazed that we...
    NEW YORK -- A racial gap has opened up in the nation's COVID-19 vaccination drive, with Black Americans in many places lagging behind whites in receiving shots, an Associated Press analysis shows.An early look at the 17 states and two cities that have released racial breakdowns through Jan. 25 found that Black people in all places are getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population, in some cases significantly below.That is true even though they constitute an oversize percentage of the nation's health care workers, who were put at the front of the line for shots when the campaign began in mid-December.For example, in North Carolina, Black people make up 22% of the population and 26% of the health care workforce but only 11% of the vaccine recipients so far. White people, a category in which the state includes both Hispanic and non-Hispanic whites, are 68% of...
    (CNN)The New York state Department of Health undercounted Covid-19 deaths among nursing home residents by approximately 50%, according to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office. The report by Attorney General Letitia James preliminarily concluded deaths were underreported based on a survey of 62 nursing homes, a roughly 10% sample of total facilities across the state.The report, which did not name the nursing homes surveyed, detailed one facility where deaths were underreported to the Department of Health by as many as 29 deaths. "A facility reported five confirmed and six presumed COVID-19 deaths at the facility as of August 3 to DOH. However, the facility reported to OAG a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths at the facility and 13 hospital deaths -- a discrepancy of 29 deaths," the report says.According to the report, preliminary data suggests there were nursing home residents who were transferred from their nursing...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Attorney General Letitia James has accused the state’s health department of undercounting coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes. James said the count is off by as much as 50%. The report also found a lack of compliance with infection control protocol that put residents at risk. The attorney general’s office said they received hundreds of complaints to its COVID-neglect hotline, which was set up in April 2020. New York has reported more than 8,500 nursing home deaths linked to COVID-19. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Gov. Cuomo: Plan Coming To Allow Indoor Dining In New York City To Resume At 25% 15-Year-Old Uniondale High School Basketball Player Jo-Jo Wright Killed In Car Crash: ‘He Was A Star In The Making’ Eviction Moratorium: Brooklyn Couple Says They Can’t Kick Tenant Out, Despite Assault Charge And Restraining Order
    SACRAMENTO —  California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra scoffs at critics who claim he’s unqualified to be U.S. Health secretary — and help vaccinate America — because he’s not a medical professional. He’s merely a politician. And he’s right. The Department of Health and Human Services is loaded with doctors and medical experts. What’s most needed to head the sprawling agency with 80,000 employees is a strong leader who can organize and achieve. Based on Becerra’s history, President Biden chose the right man. Becerra, 63, is Washington-ready, not a naive newcomer to D.C.’s hardball, unforgiving politics. He previously served 12 terms as a U.S. House member, representing Central Los Angeles. Becerra was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and helped jockey Obamacare through the House. He also headed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He was California’s first Latino state attorney general and, if confirmed as expected, will be the first Latino U.S....
    Federal bureaucrats improperly raided millions of dollars from a public health emergency fund to spend on unrelated expenses, an investigation by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) reportedly found.  The money was taken from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), according to The Washington Post. BARDA is a part of HHS that researches and develops vaccines, drugs and other therapies to combat public health issues.  Federal officials repeatedly raided a biomedical research fund to spend millions on unrelated salaries, expenses, even removing office furniture, the inspector general found. https://t.co/p533ch5rp9 Scoop with @Reinlwapo — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 27, 2021 The investigation was reportedly spawned by a whistleblower who alleged that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within HHS had been improperly using funds from 2010-2019 under both the Obama and Trump administrations.  The inspector general’s investigation substantiated many...
    President Biden is expected to name a nurse as acting surgeon general after former President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE’s surgeon general was asked to resign last week, The Washington Post reported Monday. The newly sworn-in president plans to name Susan Orsega, a nurse and officer in the U.S. Public Health Service corps, as among the first nurses to serve in the role, two people with knowledge of her selection told the Post. One source said Biden could select Orsega to serve as soon as Tuesday.  The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment. Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Judge drops case against...
    Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams groaned over “different standards” as he defended Dr. Deborah Birx over her decision to stay with the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force. Birx resigned from the coronavirus task force last week after serving as one of its most visible faces when Donald Trump was president. Now that the former president is out of office, Birx seems to be rehabilitating her public image somewhat by addressing the criticisms she faced working with Trump as she did. In an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan, Birx said she “always” thought about quitting the task force and that she was constantly asked herself questions about what could she do. At the same time, Trump operated off of different Covid data from her own. By contrast, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he “never” considered resigning because “I felt that if I stepped down, that would leave a void. Someone’s got...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny Health Network says it is suspending the scheduling of COVID-19 vaccination for the general public due to the low amount of supply available on hand. Wilson’s Pharmacy is one of the few in the state to be administering the vaccine to members of the general public, and Dolores Hison considers herself lucky. “I was shocked to come in today and find out he had it,” she said. But don’t get your hopes up. Although the pharmacy is now vaccinating members of the general public 65 and older, pharmacist Jeff Wilson says he depletes his supplies of the Modena vaccine almost as soon as the supply comes through the door. “Most likely, we’ll be out by the end of the day,” he said. Related story: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Health Systems Say There Isn’t Enough Vaccine To Go Around It’s the same...
    The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday formally welcomed back the United States, after President Joe Biden signed an executive order this week to retain U.S. membership. Speaking at the agency’s regular briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the United States was a founding member of the organization in 1948 and has long played a vital role in global health.   Tedros said he welcomes Biden’s commitment, “not just to remaining part of the WHO family, but to working constructively with the WHO, its Member States and the multilateral system to end the COVID-19 pandemic and address the many health challenges we face globally.” The director-general also noted that the U.S. committed to joining the WHO-organized international vaccine cooperative, COVAX. Tedros said the cooperative has signed an agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech for up to 40 million doses of its vaccine.   He said they also expect 150 million doses...
    Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson has announced his bid for a second term leading the Northern Virginia city. After two years serving as Alexandria’s mayor, Wilson has confirmed he will seek reelection this November. His current three-year term will expire next January. In an email sent by his mayoral campaign, Wilson named the COVID-19 pandemic as a major factor contributing to a “unique and challenging moment” in Alexandria’s history. “We could not foresee the pandemic that has shattered our economy, threatened the health, safety and financial security of so many and highlighted the very real inequities faced by Black and Brown residents of our community,” Wilson wrote. “In the face of the pandemic, we have demonstrated that we could build the creative partnerships to preserve public health, protect our residents and keep our small businesses afloat. Leading the recovery requires that we support our children, invest in our infrastructure and expand...
    The United States will join the COVAX platform today, created by the World Health Organization (WHO), to guarantee an equitable distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 throughout the world, announced the US delegation before the Executive Commission of the organization . Scientist Anthony Fauci, representative of the new Joe Biden Administration before the committee, assured that the US “will join the international work on the pandemic, and for this reason the president will publish today a directive that contemplates the US incorporation into the program COVAX “. Fauci made this announcement just hours after Biden notified the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, and the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, that the United States was canceling plans to leave the international health body. The expert told the WHO commission that “the US will continue with its financial obligations to the organization” and with technical collaboration at all levels, to contribute...
    LA TRIBUNE – How was the activity behaving before the tightening of the travel restrictions put in place on Monday January 18? ANNE RIGAIL – After the second lockdown from November to mid-December, during which domestic and European traffic fell to very low levels, we observed a rebound for the end of year holidays. As soon as deconfinement was confirmed (December 10, Editor’s note), reservations on the domestic network quadrupled and our traffic represented 55% of that of the same period in 2019. It was mainly passengers “. leisure “, which was felt on the level of unit revenue. Long-haul was also dynamic, particularly to the “Indian Ocean Caribbean” network and Dubai. On the other hand, the medium-haul network was limited by the reconfigurations of other European countries. Before the French government’s announcement last Thursday, we planned to put nearly 45% of our offer into service in January, including...
    January 21, 2021 5 min read This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. The Government of Mexico City and Model group announced their collaboration commitment to enable the General Hospital La Pastora, in Cuautepec, Gustavo A. Madero, for the care of patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and which will have 100 beds. The Head of Government, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, thanked Grupo Modelo for its participation, since this company will be in charge of investing in the hospital facilities and which is expected to be ready by the end of February. “We are talking about an additional investment of around 250 million pesos where a very important part is invested by Grupo Modelo, but obviously, the detail of how much is going to be invested, because of course we are going to report it.” ...
    Surgeon General Jerome Adams has resigned from his role saying 'I wasn’t always right' after the Biden administration asked him to stand down to make way for incoming nominee Vivek Murthy.  Adams announced his departure in a series of tweets and a statement posted online Wednesday, as Joe Biden took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.   The anesthesiologist and former Indiana health commissioner said it had been 'the honor of my life' to serve as the 20th US Surgeon General and as only the second black male to take on the role. Adams said he had been asked by Biden's team to step down, as the new president clears the way for his own pick to be appointed.  Murthy, who held the position for two years during the Obama administration and for several months under President Donald Trump, was tapped for the role...
    Savannah Rychcik January 20, 2021 0 Comments Surgeon General Jerome Adams is revealing he has been asked by President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to step down. “I’ve been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health,” Adams wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Ive been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021 In a Facebook post, Adams recalled his experience as the 20th United States Surgeon General. He...
    PHILADELPHIA -- US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Wednesday that he has been asked to leave his role as the nation's top doctor by incoming President Joe Biden's team."I've been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health," Adams tweeted. Ive been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021The Washington Post had first reported Wednesday that Biden was expected to ask for Adams' resignation and select an acting surgeon...
    Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNebraska governor wrong on immigrant vaccinations State and federal officials wrestle over vaccine rollout, delays Overnight Health Care: Frustration builds over slow pace of vaccine rollout | Surgeon general tells states not to let priority guidelines slow vaccinations | COVID-19 test used by Congress could give false results, FDA warns MORE confirmed that the incoming Biden administration requested that he step down ahead of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE’s inauguration on Wednesday.  “Its been the honor of my life to serve this nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health,” Adams tweeted Wednesday. I've been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been...
    President-elect Biden on Wednesday will reportedly ask for the resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNebraska governor wrong on immigrant vaccinations State and federal officials wrestle over vaccine rollout, delays Overnight Health Care: Frustration builds over slow pace of vaccine rollout | Surgeon general tells states not to let priority guidelines slow vaccinations | COVID-19 test used by Congress could give false results, FDA warns MORE shortly after he takes office at noon. The Washington Post reported that Biden will request Adams's resignation as one of his first acts as president; he previously announced in December that Vivek Murphy would return to the role under his administration. Adams's resignation will represent a break from the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Post reported. Murphy was previously fired by President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to...
    (CNN)Local and federal officials in Brazil were warned of looming oxygen shortages nearly a week before crisis struck in the city of Manaus, the country's Solicitor General has revealed.In a country already hard-hit by the coronavirus, oxygen shortages and soaring Covid-19 cases have pushed Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, into a healthcare crisis. Nurses in the city have been quoted in local news reports as saying patients have died of asphyxiation in the city's hospitals because there is no oxygen to give them.The Brazilian government has come under sharp criticism over its handling of the crisis. Last week, Supreme Court judge Ricardo Lewandowski ordered the government to present a response plan to solve the oxygen shortage, citing the Jair Bolsonaro administration's "omissive behavior" in addressing the emergency. On Sunday, Bolsonaro's Solicitor General José Levi do Amaral sent a 16-page report defending the government's response to the court. The report...
    Surgeon General Jerome Adams told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the “interconnectivity between health and the economy” means that “the fastest way to reopening our economy” is by following safety guidelines. “It’s important that we help everyone understand the interconnectivity between health and the economy because far too often pre-COVID, but especially in the midst of COVID, people have made a decision that you’re either pro-health or you’re pro-reopening,” the surgeon general told “National Report” Tuesday morning. Adams added, “The fact is, one of the lessons we’ve learned is that the fastest way to reopening our economy is by embracing the five W’s: wear a mask, wash your face and wash your hands, watch your distance, wait a little bit longer to gather, and when it’s your turn get vaccinated. “We really can’t underestimate the mental health and the economic harms that the country is facing, as devastating as the...
    By WILL WEISSERT | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical...
    President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine as his nominee for assistant secretary of health – and she’d be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic – no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability – and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts,” he added about the pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general. A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.   She was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in...
    President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic."Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic - no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability - and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond," Biden said in a statement. "She is a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic – no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability – and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You’ll be able to get a COVID-19 shot at Giant Eagle pharmacies when the vaccine is available to the general public. A statement from a spokesperson Friday says Giant Eagle Pharmacy is right now helping the state and local health departments administer the vaccine to people in the 1A group. That includes people most at-risk like health care workers and those in long-term care facilities. Giant Eagle will be prepared to give it to the general population when the government makes enough vaccine available. The company says nearly every one of their 700 pharmacists is a licensed vaccinator. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has said it will be months before manufacturers will be able to make enough doses to immunize the general public. A break down of the state’s phased vaccination plan can be found here.
    New Jersey is giving smokers access to the COVID-19 vaccine before the general public because, its health officials say, smokers are more likely to get gravely ill and quicker.  There are two million smokers in New Jersey. As of Wednesday, they are now eligible to get the vaccine along with people over the age of 65, and people who have underlying health conditions.  Health officials have defended the decision, saying their data proves that people who smoke get sicker more quickly from COVID than those who don't.  It is unclear how they will check whether or not a person is a smoker when they show up to receive the vaccine.  To date, there has not been any widespread study done on how smokers are worse affected by COVID.  New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last week touring a COVID-19 vaccination site in Rockaway. As of Wednesday, smokers get access to the...
    The majority Black city's water was contaminated and blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director, and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. Two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution told the AP on Tuesday that the attorney general's office has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The AP could not determine the nature of the charges against Snyder, former health department director Nick Lyon and others...
    COVID-19 vaccinations should be available for the general population in Virginia by the summer, despite a rollout that has been slower than hoped for, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The state has administered nearly 149,000 vaccine doses and distributed more than 481,000 doses to facilities throughout the commonwealth. The state still expects its original estimate that vaccines would be available for all Virginians by summer has not changed, and Gov. Ralph Northam has taken action to speed up the rate of vaccinations. The governor is instituting a use-it-or-lose-it model, which requires medical facilities to vaccinate people as soon as the vaccines are available or they will have future vaccine allotments reduced. Northam also is expanding the priority grouping, which includes K-12 teachers and child care workers receiving the vaccine after Group A receives it. He also is elevating the use of the National Guard...
              State health facilities operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) were tipped off with advance knowledge on unannounced COVID-19 protocol inspections, according to a report from the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) released last Thursday. The report claimed that DBHDS personnel shared detailed information regarding inspections with as many as 11 facilities throughout the Commonwealth. “Collusion among individual facility directors caused the COVID-19 data obtained by OSIG to be unreliable for all but one facility,” Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall wrote in the report. “Facility directors tampered with the process by sharing OSIG’s inspection topics and specific questions asked on-site. These acts obstructed OSIG’s efforts to gather and analyze data intended to help ensure the safety of patients and staff at the facilities.” The OSIG conducts annual inspections of DBHDS facilities in accordance with Code of...
    (CNN)With two Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use and politicians, health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities rolling up their sleeves, it's a natural question: What about me and my loved ones?A lot of factors play into the answer, and it depends on each person's health, what they do for a living and where they live.States will handle immunization campaigns differently, experts say. Some campaigns may be smoother than others, but if there is one piece of advice to keep in mind, it's this: Keep taking measures to protect yourself and your family until you're inoculated.That means continuing to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large gatherings and regularly wash your hands. "People just need to be patient," said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers. "They need to be vigilant and protect themselves from the virus."Read MoreAs for when Americans can get back to in-person...
    With more COVID-19 vaccines being disseminated to a larger group of New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will be setting up “retail sites” to help offset the demand of those seeking the vaccination. Since the COVID-19 vaccines began circulating in New York approximately four weeks ago, frontline healthcare workers, nursing home employees, and residents have been at the forefront of those receiving the first round of doses. As more allocations of the vaccine are distributed to New York, Cuomo announced that in addition to the state’s 194 public and private hospitals, they would also be arranging a “retail” network of locations to provide the vaccination to the masses. Cuomo said that the “retail network” is already being set up in New York pharmacies, federally-qualified health centers, county health departments, private urgent care clinics, and private doctor networks. 
“After phase 1A (of vaccinations,) we’re going to 1B,” the governor...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – After priority groups get the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines now allocated to California, Bay Area public health departments and medical centers are busy making plans for the general population. But it’s a work in progress. “There’s going to be a certain complexity to it all,” said public health epidemiologist and chair of California’s vaccine safety working group Dr. Art Reingold. “It is complicated, and we are brainstorming and trying various ideas,” explained Dr. Narinder Singh, pharmacy director at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Like the tip of an iceberg, California has so far received enough doses to vaccinate roughly 5% of the state’s population. These shots are all for priority groups which include healthcare workers, critical infrastructure teams, grocery staff, agriculture workers, nursing homes, and teachers. That means 95% of the state’s population is left unvaccinated. Currently the vaccine supply is limited. But once...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Only about a quarter of New Jersey’s 400,000 doses of COVID vaccine have been distributed, but there are signs they’ll move much faster in a matter of days. Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday his goal is to start vaccinating the general public by Memorial Day, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported. By noon, Alex McLachlan, who works inside surgery rooms, was the 45th person to get the Moderna vaccine from a Riverside Medical Group staffer in Hoboken. “Called this morning and got it today,” McLachlan said. But online, the state’s website, which just launched to pre-register all residents, crashed due to high volume. The Department of Health is asking that only health care workers use the portal for now. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait...
    During Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, spoilers detail that Franco’s mysterious medical issues will be front-and-center. He had hoped to get help from Dr. Kirk in Geneva, but that fell apart when Scott accidentally killed the doctor. Now Franco is back in Port Charles and anxious to get help before it’s too late. Many General Hospital viewers already have a hunch regarding this issue of Franco’s. He heard Peter’s voice in his head, and it seems very likely that signals a return of Drew’s memories. It certainly doesn’t help that Franco’s tumor returned and that he experienced a brain injury during the Floating Rib explosion. According to the General Hospital sneak peek shared via Twitter, during Tuesday’s episode he’ll have a frightening incident regarding all of this. The preview shows Franco angry and screaming with his hands held in fists near his face. He yells to “just stop it,” and...
              With multiple COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed and administered across the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Republican state Senator is looking to revisit the topic of religious exemptions to immunizations when the General Assembly convenes for its regular session in ten days. Senator Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) (pictured above) has introduced and pre-filed Senate Bill 1116, which would allow for a parent or guardian to object to the vaccination of a child on the grounds that immunization conflicts with their religious practices or tenets, even during an emergency declared by the state board of health. Furthermore, the bill also says that the State Health Commissioner during a public health emergency relating to an epidemic of disease cannot require the immediate vaccination of people who object that the administration of a vaccine conflicts with religious tenets or practices. In an interview with The Virginia Star, Peake...
    The U.S. Surgeon General pushed back against President TrumpDonald TrumpAppeals court dismisses Gohmert's election suit against Pence Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell's home 'unacceptable' Pence 'welcomes' efforts of lawmakers to 'raise objections' to Electoral College results MORE's claims about the COVID-19 death toll being artificially inflated during an interview Sunday. Speaking with CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperGOP senator says he'll block consent for ,000 stimulus checks Jake Tapper says he won't interview McEnany because she 'lies the way that most people breathe' Esquire names Jake Tapper 'The King of Truth' in 2020 MORE on "State of the Union," Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsSunday shows preview: Senate candidates brace for Georgia runoffs; government continues coronavirus vaccine roll out Sunday shows - Trump's COVID-19 relief bill opposition dominates Surgeon general on medical racism: 'We need to acknowledge these things' MORE was questioned about his ability to provide accurate health information to Americans...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams both pushed back on President Donald Trump’s claims that covid cases and deaths are being “far exaggerated.” Trump — who repeatedly claimed coverage of covid would fade away after the election — is now attacking the CDC and claiming the death toll is being exaggerated. On ABC’s This Week, Martha Raddatz read out the president’s tweet to Fauci. Fauci said, “The deaths are real deaths.” “All you need to do is go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with. They are under very stressed situations. In many areas of the country, the hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now. That’s real. That’s not fake. That’s real,” he added. Meanwhile, over on CNN, Jake Tapper asked Adams about the tweet...
    Lack of state and local funding may be the reason for the slower-than-expected rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Thursday.  "I used to run a state health department," Adams said on ABCs "Good Morning America." "People forget that. Weve always underfunded public health going back several decades, so chronically we need to continue to fund state and local public health better." So far, two million vaccinations have been completed, falling far short of the 20 million doses the Trump administration said would be done before the end of the year.  "There are vaccines manufactured," said Adams. "There are vaccines allocated and delivered, and then there are vaccines put in arms. ... From a federal perspective, we are on track to have 20 million people able to be vaccinated, doses on the ground, by the end of next week." Adams said that its always been known...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has said spreading out more first doses of the vaccine by using second doses held in reserve is now 'under consideration' while Surgeon General Jerome Adams has admitted that public and state health departments 'are chronically underfunded' as the nation prepares to dismally fail its 2020 COVID-19 vaccination target when the clock strikes midnight tonight.  The nation's top health experts who have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic waded into the vaccine rollout chaos Thursday, as both state and federal authorities point the blame at each other.  Fauci admitted on the NBC Today Show Thursday that the rollout of the vaccine has so far been 'disappointing' and said the federal government needs to 'support the local groups, the states and the cities' to ramp up the pace.   While Adams also admitted state health departments need more funding and resources on Good Morning America Thursday morning, he...
    Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says lack of state and local funds may be one reason why millions of COVID-19 vaccines distributed to states across the country have yet to be given to patients. Just under 3 million people have received the vaccine, despite the Trump administration promising to administer 20 million by the end of December.  WISCONSIN HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE 'INTENTIONALLY' REMOVED COVID-19 VACCINE FROM REFRIGERATION Still, Adams said on ABC's "Good Morning America" the federal government is "on track" to have 20 million doses of the vaccine "on the ground by the end of next week," a tempering of President Trump's initial goal.  The federal government has looked to shift blame to the states, with Trump tweeting Wednesday for state officials to "get moving" on doling out shots to first-priority candidates such as health care workers and elderly patients in nursing home facilities. "There's vaccines manufactured, there's vaccines allocated,...
    EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The police and fire departments in East Orange held a holiday caravan Tuesday as a special salute to health care workers. The mayor says during the pandemic, the health care professionals showed their bravery, courage and commitment as they worked tirelessly on the front lines to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “I thought it was fitting, before the New Year comes in, come back to East Orange General Hospital and say to all these wonderful people, thank you, thank you, thank you for being an essential and non-essential worker here in the city of East Orange,” Mayor Ted Green said. The caravan thanked workers at East Orange General Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Squirrel-Mania! Queens Residents Describe In Graphic Detail Being Attacked By Crazed Rodents Caught On Video: Customer Shot During Attempted Robbery Inside Brooklyn Deli Black...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Problems magnified by the pandemic, but not the virus itself, are being blamed for a rise in deaths in the Las Vegas area's homeless population. Local public health officials and homeless advocates told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the number of fatalities on the street is up 16% compared to last year. Yet, the COVID-19 test positivity rate among homeless communities is about the same as the general population. Clark County reports 186 homeless people died from Jan. 1 to Dec. 4. That amounts to a rate of 35 deaths for every 1,000 — six more than in 2019. The spike in fatalities could be attributed to the pandemic exacerbating difficulties in getting health care and other services, according to public health experts. People living on the streets likely don't have the ability to do virtual appointments. “In general, the COVID-19 pandemic identified a lot of...
    New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty Images The New York Attorney General is investigating whether a health-care clinic in the state fraudulently obtained Covid vaccine doses and distributed them to the public, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo declined to provide details of the investigation because it's ongoing, but he noted that it involves ParCare Community Health Network, which the state identified as a provider in Orange County, New York. Parcare allegedly misrepresented itself to the state's department of health to obtain vaccine doses, Cuomo said. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement released over the weekend that the clinic may have "diverted [the vaccine] to members of the public — contrary to the state's plan to administer it first to frontline healthcare workers, as well as nursing home...
            by J.D. Davidson  The Ohio General Assembly made history Tuesday and took a step to reduce health care costs for Ohioans. All that’s left is a signature from Gov. Mike DeWine. When the Ohio Senate voted to support Substitute House Bill 388, which passed the Ohio House in May, it put into motion what would be a prohibition on surprise or balance billing. If DeWine signs the bill, Ohio will become the first state in the nation to ban such practices. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Adam Holmes, R-Zanesville, would stop the practice of patients being charged for out-of-network services at the out-of-network rate when they are performed at an in-network facility. Often, according to Holmes, families are left blindsided with a large bill not covered by insurance. It also creates a process to negotiate payments through what Holmes termed a baseball-style arbitration between...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The state’s top doctor and Chicago’s top physician joined the U.S. Surgeon General to talk about the rollout of the COVID vaccine and how it’s necessary for people to get the shot to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Next week, mass vaccine sites will be open to health care workers, by appointment only. Doctor Ngozi Ezike with the IDPH and Doctor Allison Arwady, the head of the CDPH visited St. Anthony’s Hospital to watch people get COVID vaccines. They discussed the COVID vaccine making its way through hospitals across the state, as Doctor Ezike said “talking about the next steps in this important last leg of this very serious super marathon.” Doctor Arwady noted Phase 1-A, from December, January and entering into February will be focused on health care workers first to get covered and soon afterwards longterm care facilities. “That does includes behavioral health...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visited St. Anthony Hospital on Chicago's West Side Tuesday morning.RELATED: Find your place in the vaccine lineDr. Adams took the opportunity to meet with health care workers as they get vaccinated.The hospital serves a predominantly African American and Latino patient population, those most greatly impacted by COVID-19.EMBED More News Videos The country's top doctor is in Chicago Tuesday and met with healthcare workers at St. Anthony's Hospital on the West Side. He is also being hosted by Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.His visit comes as vaccinations numbers for Illinois have been released. So far, more than 63,000 people have been vaccinated. Those numbers do not include the City of Chicago.Also, Illinois is expecting about...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visited St. Anthony Hospital on Chicago's West Side Tuesday morning.RELATED: Find your place in the vaccine lineDr. Adams took the opportunity to meet with health care workers as they get vaccinated.The hospital serves a predominantly African American and Latino patient population, those most greatly impacted by COVID-19.EMBED More News Videos The country's top doctor is in Chicago Tuesday and met with healthcare workers at St. Anthony's Hospital on the West Side. He is also being hosted by Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.His visit comes as vaccinations numbers for Illinois have been released. So far, more than 63,000 people have been vaccinated. Those numbers do not include the City of Chicago.Also, Illinois is expecting about...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday that the general American public will likely begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by early spring – contradicting projections made by President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for US Surgeon General that the shot wouldn’t be available until mid-summer or early fall. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Health and Infectious Diseases, conceded that it would however take several months before the vast majority of the country's population is immunized. ‘I think people are getting a little confused about when they can expect [the vaccine]. If you start vaccinating parts of the general public in April, by the time you get to the end of August … that’s when we should see an overwhelming majority,’ Fauci told the Daily Beast. ‘That’s if you vaccinate very aggressively in May, June and July,’ he added. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Health and Infectious Diseases, said...
    President-elect Joe Biden's choice for surgeon general gave a later timeline to when he might expect the coronavirus vaccine to roll out to the general public. Dr. Vivek Murthy told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that he expects a vaccine to be available for the public closer to the third quarter of 2021, rather than in the spring when other federal officials have suggested. "If everything goes well, then we may see a circumstance whereby late spring, you know, people who are lower risk category can get this vaccine, but that would really require everything to go exactly on schedule," Murthy said. "My guess is that it's more realistic that it may be closer to mid-summer or early fall when this vaccine makes its way to the general population." Officials within the Trump administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, have said they expect the vaccine...
    (CNN)The US Surgeon General is touting the coronavirus vaccine as "almost 100% certain" to prevent severe disease, part of his effort to reassure the public it's safe to get.As health care workers administer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the experts have more information about them than any other in history, Dr. Jerome Adams said at a news conference Saturday."This vaccine is almost 100% certain to prevent you or your loved one from getting severe disease," Adams said. "It is the way we end this pandemic."Both vaccine candidates received emergency use authorizations (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration and a recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the race to produce and distribute the vaccine has bred some public skepticism over vaccines against the virus that has infected more than 17.6 million people in the United States and killed 316,176, according to data from Johns Hopkins...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The effort to protect health care workers with a COVID-19 vaccine is starting – but what about average workers; the general population composed of millions of others in Illinois and specifically Chicago? As CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reported, the answer from Lindsey Salvatelli of the McHenry Department of Health was, “We all need to be patient with it.” While hospitals are preparing for their own workers to be vaccinated, now is the time for the average person to talk with their doctor and see if they have any allergies or issues that could complicate getting a shot – because it will be a while before the general public can get one at all. The vaccine took months to develop, and it will be months more before the average person will be able to receive a shot with its protections. “It’s not the immediate answer that I...
    Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsOvernight Health Care: White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels | CDC director: Winter could be 'most difficult time in the public health history of this nation' | US plans for 100 million vaccines by March White House moves forward with holiday parties during pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE on Monday stressed the need for education about the COVID-19 vaccine in communities of color, specifically in Black communities, which have justifiably low levels of trust in health care institutions. “Having a vaccine is only the first step. We must now move from vaccines to vaccinations. And it would be a great tragedy if disparities actually worsened because the people who could most benefit from this vaccine won't take it,” Adams said at a press conference from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. ...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has backtracked on his stance around beaches telling residents they should visit for their mental health seven months after he shuttered Orange County shores citing 'disturbing' images of people overcrowding. Newsom tweeted Thursday some recommended activities for Californians to enjoy safely amid the pandemic with 'go to the beach' top of his list, as he told residents that 'mental health is physical health'.  This came the same day California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris warned of increased rates of domestic violence, depression and substance abuse as people struggle to find ways to cope during the pandemic.  Cases, deaths and hospitalizations are surging with the state on Thursday recording its deadliest day since the virus touched down on US soil.  California holds the record for the most infections of all 50 US states, after taking back the lead from Texas this week.    California Governor Gavin...
    Paris (CNN)A new report from the French Senate alleges that the country's health policy authority failed to heed expert warnings about its stockpile of personal protective equipment, leaving it under-equipped for this year's outbreak of Covid-19.The report, which is the product of several months worth of hearings and investigations by a Senate commission of inquiry, also accuses Jérôme Salomon, a senior health official, of attempting to cover up the alleged misstep.Salomon leads the country's General Directorate for Health, which forms and executes health policy. The agency has defended his actions and denied any wrongdoing. The report accuses Salomon of ordering a stockpile of only 100 million surgical masks two years ago, despite recommendations from an independent committee of public health experts that the country keep 1 billion on hand in the event of an emergency. The report included emails supplied by Salomon, which it claims show that he "intervened directly"...
    Prisoners, people in homeless shelters and medical workers will be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, ahead of the elderly and general public. The state's three-phase distribution plan was laid out on Wednesday and gives priority to healthcare workers, first responders, and those in congregate settings like jails and shelters from December to February.  Phase two from February to April will see individuals at a high risk of COVID-19 complications, school teachers, sanitation and public works employees and adults over the age of 65 receive the vaccine. Under phase three from April to June the vaccine will be available to the general public. Each state will determine their own distribution plans and at least nine states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico - and Puerto Rico will give inmates first access to the vaccine, according to the Washington Post.   Prisons across the...
    SACRAMENTO —  In Xavier Becerra, President-elect Joe Biden is getting a team player, savvy politician and competent manager — who excels at being in the right place at the right time. He’s also a truly nice guy who won’t be an administration troublemaker, but he can be tough in a fight. And he’s Washington-ready, not a naïve outsider who needs D.C. training wheels. But, unlike many in politics, he’s not a media-seeking grandstander. The California attorney general is unquestionably a liberal, but not a far-left radical as some Senate Republicans allege. Becerra once said he supported “Medicare for all.” But what does that mean? Leftists who advocate for that don’t mean real Medicare, which is supplemented with private insurance. They want government-only medical coverage. Becerra has said he favors Biden’s more moderate, practical proposal to expand the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — with a “public option” of government-funded insurance....
            by Fred Lucas  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, with a record in that state office and Congress that conservatives consider extreme, is headed for a rocky confirmation battle to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Former Vice President Joe Biden, in announcing Sunday his intent to nominate Becerra for HHS secretary, cited Becerra’s leadership in defending Obamacare as a state attorney general and his support for passing the health care law while in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pro-life activists, however, point to Becerra’s record of trying to muzzle, and even prosecute, political opponents on the abortion issue. Becerra, 62, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and reelected 11 times. A Sacramento native, he got his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1984. Then-California Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat, appointed Becerra as state attorney general in 2017 when...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The United Kingdom is on day two of its rollout of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, and it now comes with a warning. If you have significant allergies, you should not be given the shot. Two health workers who got the vaccine developed serious allergic reactions. The general public should not be scared of the vaccine, and those with severe allergies should talk to their doctors before getting the shots. Infectious disease doctor Gregory Huhn, who is the COVID vaccination coordinator for Cook County Health, said given the large numbers of people expected to get the vaccine, it is likely a small group will have allergic reactions. “When you have hundreds of thousands or millions potentially getting this vaccine there will be rare instances of severe reactions,” he said. In Britain the two health workers who had adverse reactions to the Pfizer COVID vaccine have histories of serious...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Early detection can be a life-saver when it comes to cancer; Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul knows that personally.Raoul spoke with ABC 7 Chicago Wednesday, during Cancer Screen Week, which is Dec. 7 to 11.It was a routine cancer screening nearly five years ago that found he had prostate cancer.RELATED: Cancer survivor, 6, surprised with parade in Arlington Heights after finishing chemotherapyIt was January 2016, and it was Raoul's family history of prostate cancer that compelled him to seek a screening, which caught his cancer at an early stage.He lost his father and both of his grandfathers to prostate cancer, so he began screenings from his late 30s on. He was 51 when he was diagnosed.Black men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer, Raoul said. They are encouraged to be screened earlier in life.
    Reuters December 9, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out his plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic during his first 100 days in office, saying his administration would vaccinate 100 million Americans, push to reopen schools and strengthen mask mandates. Biden, who formally introduced his public health team on Tuesday, also announced he would nominate retired Army General Lloyd Austin as the country’s first Black defense secretary. He also picked U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio to be the second Black woman to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department, and Tom Vilsack, the former agriculture secretary, to fill the same role again, according to news reports on Tuesday. At a briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he needed Congress to fully fund delivering vaccines to all corners of the United States. Getting children back to school will be a national priority in the first 100...
    Joe Biden’s pick to run the federal health department is getting a whole lot of good press, coupled with harsh criticism from media conservatives. And that reflects a fundamental difference in how each side views the world. The clash goes beyond the usual ideological divide in which a Democratic president’s nominees are routinely assailed by the right, the mirror image of how the press covered most Trump appointees who were despised and distrusted by the left. And in this case, the debate is enveloped by identity politics and the conflicting pressures on Biden to assemble a racially balanced Cabinet, even as he’s only picked about half its members. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The media attitude was reflected at a presser last Friday when CNN’s Arlette Saenz asked if Biden would specifically commit to naming people of color to run the Pentagon and Justice Department. Biden said...
    Scammers trying to make a buck may try to prey on people who are excited about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, but Virginia’s top prosecutor wants you to be cautious and skeptical. “I want to urge everyone to be wary of any too-good-to-be-true COVID-19 vaccine offers,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a news release. “Once distribution begins, there will be strict protocols for receiving it. I want to urge all Virginians to remain vigilant and make sure you do your research before giving your money to anyone purporting to be selling a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment,” he said. Fraudulent claims might include the sale of medicine claiming to treat, cure or prevent the coronavirus. To avoid becoming the victim of a COVID-19 vaccine-related scam, Virginia’s Consumer Protection section recommends: Only get the COVID-19 vaccine or treatment after consulting a medical professional or a doctor. Never go through...
    A pro-gun group is not happy about President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, and is alleging that the administration will spend the next four years characterizing firearm ownership as a public health crisis. The National Shooting Sports Foundation called the decision to nominate California Attorney General Becerra a “sharp turn to the far left.” "Attorney General Becerra’s nomination means the next four years will be an administration pushing firearm ownership as a public health crisis and using the cover of a national health emergency to trample on Constitutional rights,” the group wrote in a press release. “The problem with Attorney General Becerra leading the nation’s health agency is that any issue he finds politically unfavorable can be labelled a public health crisis and be used to justify unprecedented restrictions on Constitutionally-protected individual liberties. Gun control advocates have been trying to do this for years, as...
    PHOTO VIA TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL/FACEBOOKFlorida’s top public health official said Tuesday that five Florida hospitals could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as next week. Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees, who also serves as the state's surgeon general, gave the update during a statewide call with hospitals administrators, according to executives on the phone call. Pfizer Inc.’s COVID 19-vaccination will be sent to the state after the pharmaceutical company receives emergency use authorization from the federal government, which is expected to come after the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory committee meets Dec. 10. Referred to as the “Pfizer 5,” Broward Memorial, UF Health Jacksonville, Tampa General Hospital, Advent Health in Orlando, and Jackson Memorial in Miami will be the first Florida hospitals to receive the vaccine. Four of the five facilities are members of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, a statewide hospital association....
    WILMINGTON, Del. – President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore a sense of normalcy to the daily lives of Americans. Biden laid out three COVID-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: a call for all Americans to mask up, a commitment to administer 100 million vaccines and a pledge to try to reopen a majority of the nation's schools. “Out of our collective pain, we are going to find a collective purpose,” Biden said. “To control the pandemic, to save lives and to heal as a nation.” Topping the roster of Biden picks was health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra, a Latino politician who rose from humble beginnings to serve in Congress and as California's attorney general. Others include a businessman renowned for his crisis...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore a sense of normalcy to the daily lives of Americans.Biden laid out three COVID-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: a call for all Americans to mask up, a commitment to administer 100 million vaccines and a pledge to try to reopen a majority of the nation's schools."Out of our collective pain, we are going to find a collective purpose," Biden said. "To control the pandemic, to save lives and to heal as a nation."EMBED More News Videos President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 8 called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore a sense of normalcy...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore a sense of normalcy to the daily lives of Americans.Biden laid out three COVID-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: a call for all Americans to mask up, a commitment to administer 100 million vaccines and a pledge to try to reopen a majority of the nation's schools."Out of our collective pain, we are going to find a collective purpose," Biden said. "To control the pandemic, to save lives and to heal as a nation."EMBED More News Videos President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 8 promised to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to 100 million people during the first three months of his incoming administration, pledging "100 million shots in the first 100 days." He also...
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